Parting Note, Key Priorities for India's Foreign Policy and Maritime Policy

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Parting Note

  • our ability to shape our maritime security environment will require the development of a credible naval presence with adequate assets commensurate with our defence and security interests as well as those required to discharge the role and responsibility expected of India by the international community.

  • A flexible but proactive maritime doctrine is essential to safeguard and project our national interests overseas.

Key Priorities for India’S Foreign Policy

Values and ideals in India’s FP

1. Multilateralism

2. Peaceful coexistence

3. Justice

4. Freedom, equality and fraternity

  • A fundamental goal of India’s foreign policy is to promote our economic growth targets and ambitions in a conducive and a peaceful, stable, external environment

  • India placed in an extremely complex neighbourhood

  • Peaceful neighbours are required for the success of our efforts to accelerate domestic economic development

China

  • Policy of engagement

  • Despite boundary issue, rest of the issues are not affected by this factor alone

  • Collaborated usefully on a variety of multilateral issues.

Pakistan

  • Constant efforts to go back to the negotiating table to solve difficult issues

  • Relationship distorted and adversely impacted by the factor of CBT

Afghanistan

Aim of bringing peace and stability in that country

Bangladesh

Relations improved over last one year

Nepal

Peace process in progress

Sri Lanka

  • The end of the civil war has brought historic new opportunities for reconciliation between the Tamil and Sinhalese people and for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and economic development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces

  • Mahatma Gandhi called India, Sri Lanka’s ‘nearest neighbour’

Our Neighbourhood Policy in Nutshell

  • Emphasises the advantages of building networks of inter-connectivity, trade, and investment so that prosperity can be shared

  • And so that the region can benefit from India’s rapid economic growth

Look East Policy

Resulted in India’s quick integration with SE & East Asia at the strategic, political, economic, cultural and people-to-people levels

UN

  • India has supported the process of reform and restructuring the UN

  • Non-permanent member from Jan 1 2011

  • As a NP member has focused on the need for resolution of conflict through reasoned negotiation and diplomatic means rather than the use of force

  • India is one of the oldest, largest and consistent contributors to the UN peacekeeping operations

Maritime Policy

  • India has committed its full support to international anti-piracy efforts

  • Founder member of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)

  • Indian Navy also coordinates and shares operational information with other Navies under the Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) mechanism.

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